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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2019 9:15 p.m. PST

"Star Trek: Discovery's Season 3 Teaser Trailer revealed that the Federation has somewhat deteriorated, but what has happened to the once-great organization?…"

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jdpintex07 Nov 2019 7:53 a.m. PST

I blame the Andorians. Can't trust blue people with antennae.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

The further we get from the generation which fought WWII, the harder it is to find scriptwriters who can conceive of a free democratic and relatively egalitarian society thriving, and defending itself effectively when necessary. You could see a bit of it as early as TNG and it was obvious in DS9.

Also, the successor shows aren't ship-focused. In TOS and Voyager, it really didn't matter what shape the Federation was in, because the plot was focused on a single ship's crew a long way from home and help. If you want to do a seasons-long arc with the fate of the galaxy in the balance, the Federation needs to be facing a mortal threat--internal, external or both. Hence Season 3: "Where Sorbo has Gone Before."

I won't be attending, but I'm sure someone will tell me how it turns out.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 12:14 p.m. PST



The H Man Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

There appears to be an expiry date on franchises. After that point, anything new is so far removed from the original as to be unrecoverable.

Stargate and the x files, for two, went weird around season 7. Luckily trek typically avoided this by having only 7 seasons. However accoss the franchise things do change.

For me short shows of 2-3 seasons are best as they usually avoide the issue entirely. However, there are usually a few tweaks around the first season anyway, as a show settles.

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